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Kawasaki ZR-7

 

 

 

 

Make Model

Kawasaki ZR-7

Year

1999-00

Engine

Air/oil cooled, four stroke, transverse four cylinder, DOHC, 2 valves per cylinder.

Capacity

738
Bore x Stroke

66 x 54 mm

Compression Ratio 9.5:1

Induction

4x 32 mm CV-Type with K-TRICK

Ignition  /  Starting

Digital  /  electric

Max Power

76 hp 55.4 kW @ 9500 rpm

Max Torque

63 Nm @ 7500 rpm

Transmission  /  Drive

5 Speed  /  chain

Front Suspension

41mm Kayaba shock adjustable for preload/rebound damping

Rear Suspension

Bottom link UNI-TRAK with 7-way adjustable preload and 4-way rebound damping

Front Brakes

2x 300mm discs 2 piston calipers

Rear Brakes

Single 240mm disc 2 piston caliper

Front Tyre

120/70-17

Rear Tyre

160/60-17
Dimensions  H / W / H 2105 mm - 82 3⁄4 in  /  785 mm - 31 in  /  1215 mm - 48 in
Wheelbase 1455 mm  /  57 1⁄4 in

Dry-Weight

202 kg

Fuel Capacity 

22 Litres

Consumption  average

19.1 km/lit

Standing ¼ Mile  

12.2 sec

Top Speed

211.5 km/h

The ZR-7 was first introduced in 1999, although the engine specification could have been from 25 years earlier. That's because the ZR-7 is based around a slightly updated version of the Z750 engine of 1973.

 

The air-cooled four-cylinder engine is decidedly low-tech, but it offers economical, reliable running, with a lazy, flexible power delivery.

The chassis is more up-to-date, but not by much. A steel-tube cradle frame is more than stiff enough for the power, and a monoshock rear suspension unit is adjustable for preload. The twin-piston front brake calipers aren't peformance parts, but provide sufficient stopping power, and the modern tyre sizes allow decent sport-touring rubber to be fitted.

Grippy rubber just shows up the lacklustre nature of the rest of the chassis though, and the ZR-7 quickly runs out of ground clearance in fast bends.

 

However, the ZR-7 does win out in the equipment stakes. The fuel tank holds a massive 22 Litres (4.8 gal), the exhaust is long-lasting stainless steel and in addition there's a large storage space under the comfortable dual seat.

For 2001, Kawasaki launched a faired version of the ZR-7, the ZR-7S. While the small half-fairing certainly improved the bike's practicality and distance capability, the

extra weight didn't help either the engine or the brakes, and the ZR-7S was still outclassed by Suzuki's Bandit, Yamaha's Fazer and the faired Honda Hornet'S' in almost every way.

 

Kept in a low-performance commuting or novice bike role, the ZR-7 is just about up to the job. But it is the superiority of its competitors that relegates the ZR-7 to the bottom of many riders' list. Having said that, the ZR-7 has proved popular in some continental markets: extreme customized ZR-7s are, strangely, a common sight in France.

 

 

 

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